The Power of Praise

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Most of you have either read or heard of the book the “One Minute Manager” by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.  This was one of the first management books that I read.

Occasionally, I will pick this book up and read a chapter or two to glean from the wisdom within it’s 106 pages.

Today, I read the chapter on one minute goals.  The section that jumped out at me was; helping people I work with to reach their full potential, by catching them doing something right.

I have read this book many times, and know that I can grow my staff this way, but fail so often to do it.  It is not that I do not do it, it is that I do not do it often enough.

The One Minute Praising works well when you:

1. Tell people up front that you are going to let them know how they are doing.

2. Praise them immediately.

3. Tell people what they did right – be specific

4. Tell people how good you feel about what they did right, and how it helps the organization and the other people who work there.

5. Stop for a moment of silence to let them “feel” how good you feel.

6. Encourage them to do more of the same.

7. Shake hands or touch people in a way that makes it clear that you support their success in the organization.

Simple, right?  I am printing this out and keeping it in my office where I can see as a reminder to “Praise” more often.

Take the challenge and make those you work with feel great about what they do today.

10/20/14

7 thoughts on “The Power of Praise

  1. I particularly like the reference to stopping for a moment of silence. Allowing them the opportunity to let the good feeling sink in is a step I know I miss. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. I guess sometimes we feel it may come across as patronising, but when it’s a habit the recipients of the praise will soon learn to take it for what it is. 🙂

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